California man faces lifetime Colorado hunting ban for illegal take
A California man must pay thousands of dollars in fines and faces a lifetime hunting ban in Colorado after pleading guilty to illegal hunting in the northwest region of the state.
Following a Colorado Parks and Wildlife investigation and arrest, Kyle Odle, 29, of Menifee, California, appeared before a 14th Judicial District Court judge in Moffat County on June 20 to learn his sentence. He faced the possibility of jail time for two felony charges of illegal outfitting.
Odle accepted an offer to plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge of aggrivated possession of wildlife involving the illegal take of three or more big-game animals. The judge imposed a 24-month deferred sentence and required Odle pay fines of more than $16,000 and may not hunt, fish, outfit or guide for two years in Colorado, as well as possibly having priveleges suspended by CPW for life.
CPW officials credit the help of several local landowners and hunters for providing information leading to Odle’s arrest. To offer anonymous tips about a wildlife violation, the public can contact Operation Game Thief at 877-265-6648, or find more information about it at cpw.state.co.us.